Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
|Features||Rick Ross |
|Released||April 2, 2012|
|Genre||Hardcore hip hop, electro hop|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|Writer||Nicki Minaj |
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded track listing|
|"I Am Your Leader" is track number 3.|
"Come on a Cone"
"Beez in the Trap"
"I Am Your Leader" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which features guest vocals from Cam'ron and Rick Ross. It was written by Minaj, Chauncey Hollis, William Roberts II and Cameron Giles, and was produced by Hit-Boy. It was released on April 2, 2012 as a digital download and physical CD with the whole album. It is believe that it's the fifth single of the album because the reports of some websites, however neither Minaj or her label have confirm this information. A music video was filmed for the song, rumored to be on August 6, 2012, and premiered on August 24, on her official VEVO channel.
A poll was posted on Minaj's official website, on May 24, 2012, asking the fans to choose the next singles. The poll is divided into three categories. The second category asks the fans to choose between "Champion", "HOV Lane", and "I Am Your Leader". "Champion" had the most votes and won the poll, second was "HOV Lane", and third was "I Am Your Leader". Minaj confirmed that "Champion" would be the next urban single from the album and that a video was supposed to be filmed for Champion but she decided to release a video for "I Am Your Leader" instead.
The song features boast-heavy verses about how she's better than all the other "bitches". The octaves in the song gives gleefully pompous effect to the song. She uses her vocal shifts for "punchlines", internal commentary, and have fun with her voice.
The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Kyle Anderson from Entertainment Weekly and Kevin Ritchie from NOW Magazine labeled it as one of the best song in the album, while Anderson called it "best track, icy", Ritchie called it "top track". Adam Fleischer from XXL Magazine called it a "memorable moment" and, though that it "lack real substance", the song stays "generally exciting." Alex Thornton from HipHop DX gave the song a positive review saying that the song is a "much-needed reminder of what made Nicki appealing to begin with—a fun streak of pink across an otherwise dark landscape." Matthew Cole from Slant Magazine commented the song as an "excellent track which manage to sound both bubbly and heavy." It was also one of the fews songs that Cole reviewed positively.
Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania from RapReviews.com said that "everyone [is] riding the beat as expected" as if the song was not something special or worthwhile comment. David Amidon from PopMatters gave the song a mixed review saying that, if it was less of Minaj, it could "find strength in the summer."
|Premiere||August 24, 2012|
|Filmed||August 6, 2012 (unconfirmed)|
|Production co||Riveting Ent.|
|Exec. producer||Jeff Panzer|
On July 5, Minaj ask her fans if they want a video for "I Am Your Leader". On August 14 the video for "I Am Your Leader" was confirmed to be shot in the future. It was shot by director Colin Tilley.
On August 23, Minaj suddenly tweeted "Should I drop the "I am your leader" video tomorrow?... or next week?" which caused a big buzz on Twitter since many of her fans didn't expect that she'll release a new music video so soon ("Pound the Alarm" video was released just three weeks ago). She later, on the same day, revealed the premier date of the video. It premiered on August 24 on VEVO. In the video, it has a snapshot of Minaj that ends up on the Re-Up album cover.
Minaj performed I Am Your Leader for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with "Roman Reloaded", "HOV Lane", "Champion ", "Beez in the Trap", "Right by My Side" and "Fire Burns". The song was on the set list of her Pink Friday Tour, on all dates. She also performed the song on The Today Show's summer concert series.
- Recorded at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA
- Mixed at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA
- Writers: O. Maraj, C. Hollis, W. Roberts, C. Giles
- Producers: Hitboy
- Recorded by: Ariel Chobaz & John Rivers
- Recording Assistant: Jon Sher
- Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz
- Mix Assistant: Jon Sher
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||71|
"I Am Your Leader"
[Verse 1: Nicki Minaj]